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Malindi Spices Foodie in the desert

I went to Lamu for New Years, it was beautiful, did you see the photos? and it is FAR so we stopped in Voi for a night on the way there and Malindi for the night on our way back. I went spice shopping and this is what I got (PS: two of the spices are from Dubai Fenugreek and Some pepper not sure what it is:-(


Garam Masala Foodie in the desert

Garam Masala


Ground Ginger Foodie in the desert

Hot Chillies Foodie in the desert
Hot Chillies
Aria Foodie in the desert

Aria or Tomatoes I do not know how to use this spice yet, any ideas?

Cardamom Foodie in the Desert



Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

There are things in life that you NEVER imagined would please you or  excite you. You know the type of thing that you just do coz you know it’s good for you eg walking to the market instead of driving or drinking water instead of Vodka (Mona yes this is for you) or taking Tea instead of Whiskey (Kiboi…:-) Well for me eating Ngwaci (sweet potatoes) is one of those things.


I bought ngwaci for the 1st time in my life towards the end of last year, coz those are things I eat at home when I’m visiting the folks or up country. Ngwaci’s are tasty but to me there is nothing special about how they taste but the moment I took a bite of these sweet potato fries all my taste buds were UP. Like a weed junkie who has just been given a shot of heroin and you wonder why no one ever told you there better ways to awaken your taste buds.

Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

The fries were spicy and sweet, hot and sweet, my mouth had its own mini “O” because the pleasure was sooo damn unexpected. I mean who knew that ngwaci’s could taste like this? and when you add the Sour cream/sweet chilli deep HEAVEN, its just heaven in you mouth. I promise you even your kids will be begging you for more. HAPPY COOKING!!

Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4

Baked Spicy Sweet Potato Fries


  1. 3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into "fries"
  2. 2 tablespoons of oil
  3. juice of half a lemon
  4. 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (more if you want it hotter)
  5. 1 tablespoon of garlic
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  7. 1/4 tablespoon of garam masala
  8. For the dip
  9. 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  10. 1/2 cup sour cream


Heat oven to 200C.

In a bowl mix all the spices together then add the sweet potatoes. toss in the marinade and make sure they are well coated. Place in a baking sheet that has been covered with foil. Bake for about 30-35 mins but make sure to check for doneness after 25 minuted depending on your oven.

For Dip

Put the two ingredients in a bowl, either side by side, one on top of the other or mix. Your choice